Yalta : The Price of Peace

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-01-25
  • Publisher: Penguin Group USA

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Imagine you could eavesdrop on a dinner party with three of the most fascinating historical figures of all time. In this landmark book, a gifted Harvard historian puts you in the room with Churchill, Stalin, and Roosevelt as they meet at a climactic turning point in the war to hash out the terms of the peace. The ink wasn't dry when the recriminations began. The conservatives who hated Roosevelt's New Deal accused him of selling out. Was he too sick? Did he give too much in exchange for Stalin's promise to join the war against Japan? Could he have done better in Eastern Europe? Both Left and Right would blame Yalta for beginning the Cold War. Plokhy's conclusions, based on unprecedented archival research, are surprising. He goes against conventional wisdom-cemented during the Cold War- and argues that an ailing Roosevelt did better than we think. Much has been made of FDR's handling of the Depression; here we see him as wartime chief. Yalta is authoritative, original, vividly- written narrative history, and is sure to appeal to fans of Margaret MacMillan's bestseller Paris 1919.

Table of Contents

List of Mapsp. xv
Introductionp. xxiii
Operation Argonaut
The President's Journeyp. 3
Meeting on Maltap. 20
The Tsar's Playgroundp. 36
The Red Hostp. 53
A Warriors' Summit
Reunion of the Big Threep. 69
The Winter Offensivep. 80
The German Questionp. 92
Spoils of Warp. 102
A New World Order
The Security Councilp. 117
In the Führer's Shadowp. 128
Dividing the Balkansp. 139
The Battle for Polandp. 152
"What Would the Ukrainians Say?"p. 166
The Diplomats' Chessboard
Counting Votes in the United Nationsp. 183
Stalemate on Polandp. 196
The Bomblinep. 207
The Far Eastern Blitzp. 216
"Allies Should Not Deceive"p. 229
The Wheels of Compromise
A Polish Surrenderp. 241
The Fate of Germanyp. 252
Liberated Europe and the Balkan Dealp. 263
Iran, Turkey, and the Empirep. 272
Secret Agreementsp. 285
Prisoners of Warp. 293
The Spirit of Yalta
The Last Supperp. 309
Crossing the Finish Linep. 317
Days of Hopep. 328
The Coming Storm
Signs of Troublep. 341
Spy Warsp. 353
Stalin Digs Inp. 366
After Rooseveltp. 376
Epiloguep. 389
Acknowledgmentsp. 405
Notesp. 409
Indexp. 431
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